Depth has been a key component for the Parkland ice hockey team. There may not be a player at the top of the league charts in scoring, but the balanced from the top to the bottom of the line up gives players time to stay fresh.
The Trojans attack with several different lines, all of which are capable of scoring. That efficiency showed last Friday night as six different players recorded goals in an 8-4 win at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
For the last four years, Parkland sports fans were enjoyed the privilege of having Kristin Krause as the setter of the girls volleyball team.
Krause ended her high school career last week by helping her team to its second straight PIAA state championship, which was one of many titles the team has captured over the past four years.
The Parkland football team had its best season since 2007. After an outright Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship, a fourth straight District 11 Class 4A championship, and a berth in the PIAA Class 4A state title game, three Parkland players were named to the PIAA All-State team.
Seniors Noel Brouse, Devante Cross and Kenny Yeboah capped a successful final season in the red and gray with some individual accolades.
On a blustery Tuesday night in a somewhat empty gym, the Parkland and Freedom boys basketball teams shooting was nearly as cold as the weather outside the gym.
The Trojans shot 38 percent from the field, but overcame a 20-for-53 effort with a couple of big plays, and defense in taking down the Patriots last Tuesday night 61-45 at Freedom High School.
Frank Guida’s bout against Northampton was as crucial as any for Parkland. After Northampton picked up a pin at 160 pounds, the Trojans found themselves clinging to a 28-21 lead with three bouts to go.
Guida, wrestling at 170, found himself trailing 9-8 after Cade Moisey earned an escape in the third period. But that’s when Guida kicked in with another gear.
With 16 divers from Parkland competing in the EPC Diving Meet last weekend at Emmaus High School, the Trojans had, by far, the largest contingent. No other school had more than four divers entered in the competition, which consisted of 11 dives by each competitor.
When the day was done, Parkland came away with first place finishes on both the boys and girls side of the event. Kelsey German finished with a score of 414.65 to take the girls competition, while Chris Lehman finished with a score of 435.30 for the boys.
Resiliency is a word that has highlighted much of the 2015 season for the Parkland football team.
Heading into the year, the Trojans were favorites to run through the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11.
And they did just that.
But the script wasn’t always so easily written.
Parkland finished the year 14-2, and was four points away from winning its first PIAA Class AAAA state championship since 2002 when it beat Woodland Hills 34-12.
As the final quarter of the 2015 high school football season got underway, Parkland looked to be dead in the water.
The Trojans’ powerful offense, which failed to get on the scoreboard for the first 36 minutes, struggled to gain any rhythm in the first half. When Parkland’s offense was able to move the ball in the third quarter, it still failed to produce any points. Pittsburgh Central Catholic’s defense lived up to all of the pregame hype.
But then there was a spark. And that spark turned into a offensive snowball for Parkland.
Several Parkland High School graduates played on college teams last fall.
The Northwestern University field hockey team once again qualified for the Big Ten tournament, but unfortunately came up short against Maryland. One of the main pieces in that team was senior defender Kelley Stump, who played in all of the Wildcats’ games and made 17 starts. She scored twice this past season and finishes her career with 12 goals and four assists.
Coming out of a timeout down 46-45 with roughly a minute remaining, the play wasn’t necessarily set for Parkland’s Nadine Ewald. But when the Lady Trojans had an opportunity to feed it inside to their top player, they weren’t going to shy away from it.
Emily Piston set up Ewald on the left block, and after a move into the paint, Ewald gave the Trojans a one-point lead with 39 seconds to play in a fourth quarter that saw Central Catholic lead up until that bucket.